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Commercial Fire Sprinkler System Plans Review R0263

Advanced level course
Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Technical
Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type
5-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire engineering.

This 5-day advanced level course will enable students to perform commercial fire sprinkler system plan reviews to allow structured decision-making in the target audiences' real-life job-related situations and responsibilities. These skills are essential to meet code officials' needs so they may conduct reviews and approve plans for sprinkler fire protection systems in their jurisdiction.

The scope of this course spans instruction in the knowledge and skill necessary to evaluate the soundness and code compliance of engineering and architectural plans for commercial fire sprinkler systems proposed as part of facility and occupancy construction plans. The course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler system calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation. In order to view online codes, students are required to bring a Wi-Fi ready laptop or tablet.

Course content covers:

  • Fire protection standards.
  • Plan reading.
  • Parts of a submittal package.
  • Classifying hazards.
  • Water supplies.
  • Sprinkler system components.
  • Remote areas.
  • Evaluating hydraulics calculations.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 7,241KB
Required pre-course assignment PDF 330KB
Course syllabus

Selection criteria

The target audience includes full-time fire prevention and allied public officials who are responsible for the review of plans for sprinkler systems in their jurisdictions. Applicants who are transitioning or acquiring additional responsibilities must submit a letter from the chief or organizational head of their department.

Applicants must have familiarity with fire protection, codes/standards compliance, and fire protection systems and equipment.


Students should be familiar with commercial fire sprinkler systems equipment and nomenclature and have prior experience in fire prevention inspection programs and community goals and priorities and meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. Required pre-course work available through NFA OnlineQ0218 - Testing and Evaluation of Water Supplies for Fire Protection.

Applicants must provide a copy of their documentation to support the pre-requisite requirements at the time of application. Documentation (certificates, transcripts, certifications, and letters) must be clear, readable, concise, and attached to the application at time of submission.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
July 18 - 22, 2022 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply September 26 - 30, 2022 Wait List Opportunity Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 16 - 20, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
February 6 - 10, 2023 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 20 - 24, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 17 - 21, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 29, 2023 - June 2, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 17 - 21, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 14 - 18, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland